International Chamber of Shipping Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations - Australian Government


You will be required to comply with this standard if you operate a ship that is registered in Australia, or any ship in Australian territorial waters.

The master of a ship cannot permit persons or goods to be transferred from a helicopter to a ship unless the owner or master has provided such shipboard arrangements, equipment, training and drills that are at least as effective as those specified in the ICS Guide.

The ICS Guide sets out recommended dimensions and obstacle free zones for helicopter landing and operating areas. Any divergence from these recommendations must be clearly documented and communicated to the helicopter pilot prior to commencing operations.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Guide to Helicopter/Ship operations - Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
Comply All Marine Order 57 (Helicopter operations) (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 57 (Helicopter operations) 2016 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Ship Safety Division

Contact details

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Ship Safety Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 627 484
Phone: 02 6279 5000